BARKING AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2014
Welcome to the launch of our 80th anniversary season – my thanks to Bill for all the hard work he has put into producing the Frank Tingey booklet and preparing for the talk this evening,
I am sad to report that Malcolm Green, a long time member of the society died last month aged 74. Malcolm was Barking born and bred. He attended Northbury School. On leaving school he worked for Colaro and then Barking and Thurrock power stations. The Society was represented at the funeral in Hainault. We send our heartfelt sympathy to his widow Carole and their two children (son Colin works for Barking and Dagenham’s Heritage Service).
On a happier note we offer our congratulations to Linda Needham on the birth in Canada of her first grandchild Claire Somerset.
Bill Law has now left hospital and is in a care home; I have spoken to him and he seems in good spirits.
We had a very enjoyable visit to the Poppy Factory in Richmond on 28th July and even got to make our own poppies. It was also our guide Ian’s last day and he was presented with a medal and other gifts by the CEO of the factory. Many thanks to Katie Avagah for organising this as the first visit of the new BDHS Walkies group.
Our president, Bill George, attended a meeting at the Ripple Hall last month at the invitation of the new leader of the Council, Darren Rodwell to hear about his plans for the future.
Our next meeting is on Monday 6th October when Linda Cohen talks about her book Notorious militant: the story of the TGWU/UNITE branch at the Ford Motor Company.
Is anyone interested in visiting the old Granary Building in Barking? If you are please let know and I will fix a date and time with the Regeneration team.
6th–7th September Upminster Windmill Open Days. The Mill Field, St. Mary’s Lane, Upminster, RM14 2QL.
Tuesday 9th September Talk: A step in time (history of ladies shoes) by Ann Hardy. Friends of Valence House, Visitor Centre, Becontree Avenue. 3pm. Members free, visitors £1.50.
Tuesday 9th September Talk: Fashion 1860-
Saturday 13th September. Talk:The 17 th century housewife, by Ann Hardy. East of London Family History Barking branch. 2pm at St. Elisabeth Church Hall, Wood Lane, Dagenham, Visitors welcome.
Tuesday 16th September Archaeology for beginners workshop with Mark Watson. Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, Dagenham. 7pm. Booking essential 020 8227 2034.
Wednesday 17th September Talk: Our year: an overview of current projects at Valence House, by Mark Watson. Chadwell Heath Historical Society. Wangey Chapel, Wangey Road, Chadwell Heath at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome £1.50. Telephone 020 8590 4659 for more details.
Saturday 29th November Friends of Valence House Winter Sale. 10am-
Now available from Valence House! A new CD-
PLEASE REMEMBER TO TAKE A LOOK AT OUR INFORMATION TABLE FOR DETAILS OF MORE EVENTS, FREE LEAFLETS, ETC.
John Blake – Chairman
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